About Patricia Clarkson

Patricia Clarkson is an actress from America. She is well-known for her portrayal of a drug-addicted actress in the 1998 independent film “High Art.” She has also been featured in “The Green Miles,” “Dogville,” and “The Pledge” as a supporting actress. She has made appearances in “The Untouchables,” “The Dead Pool,” “Wayward Son,” “Falling Like This,” “The Station Agent,” “The Woods,” “No Reservations,” “Jonathan,” “The Equalizer,” “Frasier,” “Nature,” “The House of Blue Leaves” and several other films, television series, and theatre productions.

In over three decades, she has made presences in sixty films, thirty-one television series, and three major theatre productions. She has also won several awards and nominations for her acting performances.

Quick Info
Full namePatricia Davies Clarkson
Date of BirthDecember 29, 1959
Birth PlaceNew Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
Parent(s)Arthur Clarkson
Jacquelyn Brechtel
Partner(s)Darwin Shaw (2019- present)
Net WorthUS $3 million

Early Life

She was born to Jackie Clarkson and Arthur Clarkson on 29th December 1959 in New Orleans. She is one of the five siblings; has four sisters. Her mother, Jackie, is a politician and councilwoman while her father worked as an administrator at Louisiana State University School of Medicine.

She completed her high school studies from O. Perry Walker High School. She then attended Louisiana State University to study speech pathology. After studying there for two years, she decided to pursue a drama degree and transferred to Fordham University. She graduated summa cum laude from Fordham in 1982. She has also earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Yale School of Drama, graduating in 1985.

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In Theatre

Patricia Clarkson started her acting career from the 1986 Broad Theatre production of “The House of Blue Leaves” as a replacement actress for the character Corrinna Stroller. The play was performed at the Vivian Beaumont Theater. Her next theatre appearance was in the 1989 production of “Eastern Standard” as Phoebe Kidde at the John Golden Theatre. She was last seen in the theater in the 2014 production of “The Elephant Man” as Mrs. Kendal.


In Film

Patricia Clarkson made her film debut in the 1987 crime film “The Untouchables” as Catherine Ness. The film became a box-office success, creating a $106.2 million collection against a $25 million budget. She then starred as Samantha Walker in the 1988 action thriller “The Dead Pool.” The same year, she also acted as Rose Black in “Rocket Gibraltar” and Leslie Stone in “Everybody’s All-American.”

After making an appearance in the 1990 comedy film “Tune in Tomorrow” as Aunt Olga, she didn’t act in any movie for about five years. She returned to the film scene from the 1995 western film “Pharaoh’s Army” as Sarah Anders. She has also made an appearance in the 1995 fantasy adventure film “Jumanji.” She portrayed Carol Anne Parrish in the film. “Jumanji” is a commercial success making a box-office collection of $262.8 million.

She has also made an appearance in the 1999 fantasy drama film “The Green Mile” as Melinda Moores. From 1999 to 2002, she featured in eleven films, including “The Pledge” and “The Baroness and the Pig.” In 2003, she featured in four films; “Dogville,” “The Station Agent,” “All the Real Girls,” and “Pieces of April.” For her performance in “Pieces of April,” she won a nomination at the Academy Awards.

Her other films include “Elegy,” “2081”, “Legendary,” “Shutter Island,” “Main Street,” “One Day,” “Easy A,” “One Day,” “October Gale,” “The Party,” “The Bookshop,” “Jonathan” and “Annie.” Her last film appearance was in the 2018 film “Out of Blue” as Detective Mike Hoolihan.

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In Television

Patricia Clarkson made her television debut from the episode “The Choice” of the 1985 crime drama series “Spenser: For Hire” as Elizabeth Haller. She then featured in the episode “Breakpoint” of “The Equalizer” as Deborah Wade, the following year. She has also made appearances in “Tales from the Crypt,” “Law & Order” and “The Old Man and the Sea.”

Her first long-running television appearance was as Cosmo Yeargin in thirteen episodes of the 1991 television sitcom “Davis Rules.” She has also made an appearance in twenty-three episodes of “Murder One” from 1995 to 1996. In 2001, she featured as Claire French for six episodes of “Frasier.” From 2002 to 2005, she made recurring entrances as Sarah O’ Connor for seven “Six Feet Under” episodes.

She has also made appearances in “Saturday Night Live,” “Carrie,” “Parks and Recreation,” “The Dust Bowl,” “American Dad!”, “House of Cards” and several other television shows. She has also narrated the episode “Hummingbirds” of “Nature” in 2018.


From 1985 to present, she has received over forty-five award nominations, including an Academy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards. She has won twenty-seven nominations, including one British Independent Film Awards and one Golden Globe Awards. Most of her wins and nominations are in the Critics’ Awards.

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Personal Life

In a 2016 interview, Patricia Clarkson has stated that she doesn’t want to marry or have children. Currently, she is in a relationship with Darwin Shaw since 2019. Patricia is very close to her nephews and nieces. She has French, German, Irish, English, Dutch, and Scottish ancestry.

Height and Weight

Patricia Clarkson is 1.65 meters or five feet and five inches in height and weighs fifty-five kilograms.

Social Media

Patricia Clarkson is not active in social media.

Net Worth

According to celebritynetworth.com, Patricia Clarkson has an estimated net worth of $3 million.